L’OPERATION BALLAST NON INCONTRO LA FIDUCIA DEI FAMILIARI DELLE VITTIME DELL’UVF

Raymond McCord Junior

Preoccupazione per il trasferimento delle indagini sugli omicidi dell’UVF alla polizia

Un Victims Commissioner s’è fatto portavoce della sfiducia dei familiari delle vittime delle violenze dell’Ulster Volunteer Force, dopola decisione di trasferire l’Operation Ballast dall’Historical Enquiries Team al Northern Ireland Policing Board’s Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee.
Le motivazioni del trasferimento saranno oggi rese note da Matt Baggott, chief constable del Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Brendan McAllister ha chiesto al Policing Board di chiarire la propria posizione sulla questione e se il trasferimento dell’inchiesta rappresenti la forma più efficiente ed efficace di indagine – e se il Chief Constable stia agendo nel rispetto nel diritto delle vittime  di investigare in modo indipendente nei casi che vedono il coinvolgimento di agenzie dello Stato.
Le ragioni del disappunto dei familiari delle vittime sul trasferimento dell’indagine, hanno avuto spunto dall’inchiesta sull’omicidio di Raymond McCord Junior nel 1997.
L’ex Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan sostenne allora l’esistenza di una collusione tra il gruppo paramilitare lealista e le forze di sicurezza.

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Confidence ‘lacking’ in Operation Ballast (U TV)
Victims’ families lack confidence in the PSNI’s handling of investigations into UVF activity in north Belfast, a Victims Commissioner has claimed.
Brendan McAllister has written to the Policing Board to inform them of the families’ position on the handing over of Operation Ballast from the Historical Enquiries Team to the police.
Chief Constable Matt Baggott will explain the decision behind the transfer to the Northern Ireland Policing Board’s Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee on Tuesday.
Mr McAllister has asked the Policing Board for its view on whether the transfer represents the most efficient and effective form of investigation – and whether the Chief Constable is complying with human rights requirements which give victims a right to independent investigation in cases involving agencies of the State.
“Given the findings of Baroness O’Loan when she was Police Ombudsman – that police officers had collaborated with informers who had been involved in some of these killings – families are naturally worried at the return of the investigation to the police,” said Mr McAllister.
‘Distrust’
“The Chief Constable and the Policing Board need to appreciate the depth of alienation and distrust among victim families.”
Mr McAllister is calling on the Policing Board to ensure that arrangements are now put in place to build and maintain the trust of victims in the police handling of Operation Ballast.
The original probe was sparked by a complaint from the father of Belfast man Raymond McCord Junior, who was murdered by the UVF in 1997.
Former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan claimed collusion had occurred between paramilitary members and the security forces.
The HET investigation was handed to the PSNI at the end of last year.

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